Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Mistake of Magic by Alex Lidell

Posted July 3rd 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Mistake of Magic by Alex Lidell


Mistake of Magic

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Mistake of Magic by Alex Lidell
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Author: Alex Lidell
Series: Power of Five #2
Also in this series: Power of Five, Trial of Three, Lera of Lunos
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Release date: June 29th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Reverse Harem, Romance
Pages: 216
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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Star rating:
Heat rating: three-half-flames

Three trials stand between Lera and exile. Unless the training kills her first.

Quint magic has never chosen a human before, and the Elders Council is convinced Lera is a mistake.

When the quint refuses to be cleaved apart, the enraged elders give them a choice: exile from Lunos or demotion to the lowest of trainees. Subject again to the humiliations and deadly trials they endured centuries ago, the males now face a new challenge—training Lera to survive.

River, Shade, Coal, and Tye will do whatever it takes to keep Lera safe. But Lera will do whatever she must to keep them together—even if it means putting herself in mortal danger.


The Faerie Queen’s review

YESSSS book 2 in the Power of Five series! I adored the first book, so I was psyched to read the second instalment. But also dead nervous because so many series that start well flop in the next book.

In this book, the quint faces down the council, eager to break them one way or another. They must prove to the rest of the fae that Lera deserves to be there despite being human. Basically, that she is not, in fact, a mistake of magic.

As with the first book, yes, this is a reverse harem romance, but it’s also a great fantasy story with an interesting world and lovable/detestable characters. I enjoyed seeing the inner workings of the Council, which was the main focus of this. But even more than that, I loved seeing all the men in Lera’s quint open up more and show other sides to themselves. Honestly, I am enamoured by each and every one.

Still not the heat level I’m dying to get from this series, but we do get a bit more than book 1. The focus was more on strengthening the emotional bonds between Lera and her men, balancing their protectiveness with trust that she is strong enough to handle the trials the Council throws at them. And we definitely saw that she belonged with them and was stronger for it! I was so surprised by just how much. (Though it also reminded me a little of The Twilight Saga, of all things.)

For some reason, I thought this series would be a trilogy, and I’m so glad it’s not! For a start, there’s no way everything can be resolved in the next book. Maybe just this one phase will? From the trajectory of the first two books, I’m guessing the series will be 5+ books long… AND I DO NOT MIND. Because these books are so fun and easy to read, with heat, humour, and heart, plus a good dose of badass magic.

But Alex, I need more group scenes please and thank you.



Shade knew he was playing with fire. With the same delicious, loin-gripping, soul-consuming flames that had guided him free of a decade in wolf form and now challenged him to live every moment of the now. And therein lay the problem. Shade had known he was in love with Lera since he’d first shifted form, but the wolf part of him, it wasn’t one for subtle. Not when it wanted. And certainly not when it claimed. Which it was a breath away from doing, whether or not Shade’s higher senses gave permission.


About Alex Lidell

Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books. Alex is represented by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary. She lives in Washington, DC.



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